Friday, March 13, 2009

Whitewater rafting

Whitewater rafting is a very popular activity in Costa Rica. The abundant rainfall in the mountains and the high changes in elevation over a relatively small territory produces ideal conditions for whitewater rafting.

Costa Rica has a well developed infrastructure for tourism because tourism is its number one industry. Whitewater rafting tour operators are regulated by the government and conform to international standards, including requirements that people wear helmets, as you see in this photo.

Ecotourism and adventure tourism are part of the attraction of Costa Rica for many visitors. Whitewater rafting and zip lines are two of the many options in Costa Rica for tourists who like adrenaline rushes to spice up their vacations.

There are good rivers for rafting in most regions of Costa Rica, except the tidal lowlands of the Caribbean coast, where we will go next for the photos that I will post in the next week or so.

This photo is of a group of rafters that included four people who stayed in one of our two condos in Tamarindo. I am showing the photo with their permission. They chose a river in the Arenal area for their rafting excursion.

8 comments:

brattcat said...

Wonderful action shot. The rafters look as if they are having a grand time except for the two in front who are taking their position very seriously. As well they should.

Sharon said...

It looks like they are having fun!

Jarart said...

Looks like a great time is being had by all. Have you done that? I think I would be afraid to do it, at my age I would opt for more calm waters.

Nancy said...

Oh my! I did this once up in Northern California and almost drowned. I dont think I'll try it again.

Have a great weekend!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

wow, that is an action shot. What fun. I want to do river rafting next time. I would bet the water was warm and nice.

Jacob said...

Dramatic photo. But that's more fun than I can handle.

St. Maarten Village said...

This is my favorite activity especially during summer. The last time i
tried rafting was last year. Thanks for sharing this photo.


-Sarah

Ketty said...

I have never experienced river rafting adventure, but heard many things about it. After seeing this shot. I am very much eager to go for this adventure.
White Water Rafting

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